EVBox and ChargePoint pave the way for fully electric future with ground-breaking global partnership
EV charging leaders enter first-of-its-kind global agreement, based on the open protocol OCPI, enabling EV drivers to roam between networks in Europe and North America.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 9, 2018 – EVBox and ChargePoint, two of the world’s leading providers of electric vehicle (EV) charging, today announced a landmark roaming partnership that enables EV drivers to roam between charging networks, making EV charging more accessible than ever. The roaming partnership will enable drivers on the EVBox and ChargePoint networks to seamlessly access public charging spots while traveling throughout Europe and North America. The agreement eliminates the need to register for multiple accounts and ensures that drivers don’t incur additional fees when roaming.
Global partnership to accelerate electric mobility
This partnership represents the first-ever global agreement to enable roaming between EV charging networks and reinforces the companies’ shared commitment to provide an open network that is accessible for all. Together, the companies provide EV drivers from around the world with access to tens of thousands of charging spots distributed across both continents.
This news comes on the heels of the Global Climate Action Summit, where both companies made substantial commitments to the growth of their networks over the next seven years. By 2025, EVBox and ChargePoint collectively pledge to expand their global networks to 3.5 million charging points to accelerate the mass adoption of eMobility and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. This agreement marks another milestone in EVBox and ChargePoint’s shared goal to enable the transition to a zero-emission world that is efficient and sustainable.
Kristof Vereenooghe (CEO of EVBox, right) and Pasquale Romano (President and CEO ChargePoint Inc., left) on the global roaming partnership:
Millions of EVs will become available globally, and with that comes the need for a global charging infrastructure. For the transition to eMobility to work, a network built upon open standards is an absolute must, therefore we are happy to announce this historic agreement with ChargePoint to that aim. Our global roaming agreement is the biggest to date and will make driving and charging EVs easier and more convenient globally. I strongly hope other eMobility providers and operators will also be inspired to form similar partnerships and agreements. A few weeks ago, I attended the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where we were all reminded of the importance of working together in the fight against climate change. This roaming agreement is another important step in bringing us closer to reaching that ambitious goal.
We are at the tipping point of a revolution in transportation and this agreement underscores our commitment to providing charging solutions everywhere EV drivers go by increasing access to broadly distributed charging solutions that are vital to ushering in the next chapter in mobility. This agreement underscores ChargePoint’s open network philosophy and highlights our dedication to establish a ubiquitous charging network that will inspire more drivers to go electric and support the transition to zero emissions mobility on a mass scale. We look forward to continuing to establish strategic partnerships with companies like EVBox who share our goal of paving the way to an all-electric future on a global scale.
Agreement based on the open protocol OCPI
This roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol. OCPI is an independent, open protocol that enables network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services, which gives EV drivers a number of benefits:
- Better information about the status (availability and location) of charging points
- Better insight in costs before, during and after charging, while ensuring the privacy of driver account information
- Larger network of charging locations to charge
- One single interface for direct payment (international) at charging points
EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With an installed base of over 75,000 charging points across more than 55 countries worldwide, EVBox drives sustainable mobility, by bringing durable electric vehicle charging solutions to the world. EVBox has offices in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Oslo, Milton Keynes, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Bordeaux, New York and Los Angeles. Since March 2017, EVBox is a part of ENGIE. In 2018, EVBox acquired ultra-fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic, adding 700 previously installed fast charging stations to its European network.